Seafood for health
As well as offering great flavours and tonnes of variety, seafood will help to keep you in good health.
Seafish launched a brand new health campaign in February 2017 to encourage people to eat the recommended two portions of seafood a week. Fish 2 a week is a year-round campaign that aims to increase the consumption of fish and shellfish by UK consumers, by raising awareness of the recommended amount people should eat, and highlighting the health benefits this behaviour brings.
Currently, consumers in the UK eat on average only one portion of seafood a week (1.13 portions) which means that most people aren't eating the amount recommended by health professionals. By encouraging the general public to increase their consumption by this achievable amount, the nation's general health would improve dramatically.
Ahead of the campaign, Seafish commissioned consumer research to find out about the general public's awareness of the health benefits of seafood, as well as their eating habits. Here are some of the headline results:
- 72% of UK adults do not know that it is recommended that they eat two portions of fish a week, one of which should be oily.
- Almost a third (32%) of UK adults who eat one or less portions of fish a week claim that it is the cost of fish that prevents them from eating more fish.
- Of those UK adults who eat at least one portion of fish a week, 43% are doing so as they "try and have a balanced diet" and 35% do so because of the "general health benefits of eating fish".
- Almost a quarter (24%) of UK adults know that omega-3 is one of the health benefits of eating fish. 15% say that it is good for you because it is low in fat and 15% mention fish oils/ oils or essential oils. 13% say it is a good source of protein and 11% describe fish as brain food.
- When prompted, 50% of UK adults see fish as having healthy heart benefits. 49% say that fish contributes to healthy skin, hair and nails and 48% that it helps contribute to the maintenance of normal brain function. 28% associate fish with maintaining healthy blood pressure and 23% that it helps maintain healthy vision.
- When told of the multitude of health benefits of fish 66% of UK adults agree that hey are encouraged to eat more fish than they already do and 78% agree that they feel encouraged to specifically eat two portions of fish a week. This demonstrates that once people are made aware of the many health benefits of eating fish they are encouraged to up their intake.
Seafish's marketing and communications team launched Fish 2 a week to continue the momentum created by the award-winning Superfishoil campaign which ran from 2014 until the summer of 2016. Superfishoil focused mainly on the benefits of omega-3, and you can find out more about that health marketing activity here.
Fish 2 a week represents an opportunity to encourage more people to eat more fish more often and is a genuine chance to showcase the health benefits, variety and quality of produce in the UK.
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Ray Rice is a food scientist and a recognised authority on the health effects of omega-3 polyunsaturates. Having lectured internationally on the subject of fish nutrition for over 20 years, Ray offers us his take on seafood and nutrition.